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Plane for chubby passengers unveiled at airshow
Posted on 12/07/2016 , Modified on 05/09/2019

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In response to our steadily increasing waistlines, Bombardier's CS100 aircraft with wider seats will debut at this year's Farnborough Airshow.

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During this year's Farborough International Airshow in Hampshire, Canadian manufacturer Bombardier will showcase its latest model: the C Series aircraft which offers a superior experience even to portly passengers thanks to its 19in (48 cm) wide seats.

The 100 to 150-seat airplane also offers bigger windows, larger hand luggage bins and an extra-wide aisle. The company's official statement claims that the cabin design will altogether create a "wide body feel" and an "unparalleled level of comfort".

By using advanced material, Bombardier says that its aircraft achieves the lowest fuel consumption in its class, whilst a "smart cockpit design reduces pilot work load".

According to vice-president of commercial operations Ross Mitchell, the design of the plane was created in response to numerous requests from commercial airlines. In a world of budget flights and rapidly shrinking leg room, it says that some carriers are instead looking to attracts customers by emphasising comfort.

Mr. Mitchell believes that around 7,000 planes from the C Series will be ordered by airlines over the next 20 years, with the first delivery of C Series aircrafts already made to Swiss International Air Lines ("SWISS"). The CS100 is set to make its first commercial flight on July 15 from Zurich to Paris-Charles de Gaulle. It is also expected to start flying to Manchester, Prague, Budapest, Warsaw, Brussels, Nice, Stuttgart, Hanover, Milan, Florence and Bucharest.

The aircraft manufacturer also announced that it had already received a Transport Canada certification for a larger CSeries model - CS300. At the end of this year, Latvian airline airBaltic plans to start using CS300 passenger jet.

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